This article was originally published by Asia Times.
The recent referendum for a Free Kurdistan in northern Iraq is another crucial link in a long chain of events that will further fracture and bleed the Middle East region. And caught in the middle is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Many in the West are tired of Erdogan’s Ottoman revivalism, but somehow, he has outsmarted them up to now. It is said that he has dealt with opposition with an iron fist. Still, it is quite a feat to remain in power once the proponents of the “new Middle East” want you gone. Continue reading
In the arena of international relations, there is no such thing as equality. The perception of state’s power and national interests set the stage of how states interact with each other. Coincidently, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States coincided with the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the United Kingdom. The difference of reception of both leaders by their host countries is a classic example how states perceive other states and treat them accordingly.
One of my relatives, who takes keen interest in the developments in Syria, recently tagged me on Facebook to a link from a UK-based newspaper claiming Turkey has shot down a Russian jet. He often sends me links to news reports and asks my opinion on the future of the world. I told him that I cannot confirm this news because I do not possess any means to do that. Continue reading
I have never been exactly very healthy. I am told that this is an acquired condition which I believe to mean that I was not born this way. I confess I have abused my body a little too much. I do not exactly remember the last time I have spent two nights in a row with a proper 8-hours sleep. I have spent my entire adult life so far staying up at night reading novels, smoking, and drinking tea, coffee and coca cola. Continue reading
One of my friends has bipolar disorder. He suffers from it for a long time. There are moments when he is extremely reclusive, and then there are days that he does not want to go home. There are many who consider him a maniac and make fun of him both behind his back as well as in front of him. I find him as a very intelligent man whose ability to express himself is not at par with his mental prowess. Continue reading